The monarch and her husband are currently isolating at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus lockdown, but they are expected to mark Prince Philip’s 99th birthday on 10 June. Her Majesty, who turned 94 in April, has been carrying out her royal duties remotely and was pictured horse riding over the weekend.

Prince Philip officially retired almost three years ago back in August 2017 at the age of 96.

The Duke of Edinburgh completed an outstanding 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

He was last pictured at a public event in May 2019, when he attended Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for nearly 72 years in total.

But since the Duke’s retirement from royal life the couple reportedly spend more time apart.

Since then Philip has enjoyed a break away from the Windsor bubble and is reported to split his time between Buckingham Palace and Wood Farm, Norfolk.

Meanwhile, the Queen remains busy at the official residence of the monarch living separately to her husband until they moved in together ahead of the coronavirus lockdown.

Now, the couple will celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday together.

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In April, Prince Philip issued a rare statement to thank those working in the medical and scientific professions during the coronavirus crisis.

He said: “As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.

“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”

It’s understood that the 24 staff members isolating with the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle have been taking extra precautions during the coronavirus lockdown to ensure the monarch and her husband’s safety.

The royal household has been split into two teams of 12, who work “three weeks on, three weeks off”.

Staff are reportedly allowed to spend two weeks at home during the rotation, before spending a third week in quarantine and are tested for COVID-19 before returning to work.

Meanwhile, the Queen has been getting in her daily exercise.

Photos of the 94-year-old monarch riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle in her first public appearance since the coronavirus lockdown were released this week.

Her majesty was seen enjoying the outdoors while riding 14-year-old fell pony, Fern.

The pictures were released on the same day many parents across the UK prepared to send their children back to school for the first time in ten weeks.

A photographer from PA Media was welcomed into Windsor Home Park to photograph the queen outside the confines of Windsor Castle for the first time since lockdown.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “New photographs of Her Majesty The Queen riding at Windsor have been released. The images were taken over the weekend and feature Her Majesty riding Fern, a 14 year old Fell Pony.”



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